MOVIE AS AN INSPIRATION FOR A WINDOW DISPLAY
The aim of this window display was to create a contemporary version of 1960’s style. My inspiration was a movie called Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner by Stanley Kramer. It was originally written as a play and it is quite noticeable as the movie goes by. It is in the narrative, the dialogues, and the scenography feels like a theatre stage.
At the time of the 1950s, the American white middle class was not ready, yet for the mixed race relationships or marriages. Black Afro-Americans only started the struggle to become equal with the white Americans.
It was really an influential film for me growing up. There were so few representations of black people living as fully dimensional in a white culture. — Dawn Porter, African American filmmaker
I concentrated on the Christina character played by Katharine Hepburn and chosen her as the main character for my window display. I found her the most significant figure in the whole drama. Her character built bridges of peace inside the moral conflict in the turned apart middle-class white family.
The deep intensive blue colour was the colour of A/W 2014/15 season. I chose to work with three colours; blue, white and black. I tried to recreate Christina’s style with the hat, long coat, and the striped shirt which I found in Primark.
The gel filter used on the light was warm blue, I wanted to create the late winter evening atmosphere. Later on, the gel was taken off by my supervisor … the light was warmer and it worked well during my photo shooting.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
directed by Stanley Kramer
In this story, the invitation of a black man to a white family’s dinner table is challenging the family. In my window display, the suspended upside down wine glasses reflects the change of values and chaos caused in the family in this 60s movie.
Author: Walkowska Aleksandra